A Lit­tle Bit of This, A Lit­tle Bit of That!

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Exploring Hy­brid Wear in In­dia

A. Das ex­plores hy­brid wear in In­dia and gets to know of per­fect im­per­fec­tions that en­chant and en­rich.

“Dress­ing is a way of life”- Yves Saint Lau­rent

To ‘dress up’ has un­doubt­edly be­come the motto of the day. The act of fol­low­ing trends and be­ing fash­ion-ori­ented does not, as a corol­lary, just im­ply that one is try­ing to be stylish by fol­low­ing some within-the-box prin­ci­ples and the­o­ries. Prac­ti­cally ev­ery woman to­day wants to look wow, and how! They want to ex­pe­ri­ence, ex­per­i­ment and evolve. Thus, just be­ing stylish for the sake of trends is no more the call of the day!

THE FASH­ION DEAL, TO­DAY, IS NO MORE ABOUT ONE; IT IS NO MORE SIN­GU­LAR IN ORI­EN­TA­TION. QUITE IN­VERSELY, IT IS PURELY PLU­RAL—WITH MANY THINGS ORIENTING TO­WARDS ONE, SIN­GU­LAR AP­PAREL.

The fash­ion deal, to­day, is no more about one; it is no more sin­gu­lar in ori­en­ta­tion. Quite in­versely, it is purely plu­ral—with many things orienting to­wards one, sin­gu­lar ap­parel. The de­sign­ers are an­swer­ing to this call of the day for sure and are happy to con­coct a dol­lop of tra­di­tion with a streak of moder­nity. A weave of emo­tion with a whiff of prac­ti­cal­ity later, what we see on the ramp is surely fash­ion, like never be­fore—fash­ion that is in­tel­lec­tu­ally wiser, and more rea­son­able.

We can safely call this di­chotomy an amal­ga­ma­tion—some sort of fash­ion mashup, or hy­brid. Let’s take a look at some very in­ter­est­ing hy­brid fash­ion gar­ments that have taken our breath away and have left us con­tem­plat­ing ‘What’s next?’

DENIM SARI BY MASABA

A re­cent and one of the most talked about looks of fu­sion wear was surely the at­tire that Sonam Kapoor wore to an in­dus­try wed­ding. Yes, she wore a sari, but it was no or­di­nary drape. The drape was de­signed and cre­ated by de­signer Masaba Gupta and just when you are be­gin­ning to imag­ine, let’s tell you that the same was crafted by re­cy­cling old Le­vis jeans. Yes, you read that right! Awash with flared trouser-style bot­toms, the sari came with pleats and a front pallav that was paired with a tur­tle-neck blouse of the same ma­te­rial. Sonam topped the same with a pair of ear­rings from Suhani Parekh's MISHO, a tan-hued belt and loafers give a quirky edge to her sari and pa­rade the denim style. It is cer­tainly not nec­es­sary to wear ev­ery­thing the usual way, some­times not go­ing by the book makes for such an eclec­tic and dra­matic mo­ment that it goes down in the style bi­ble to carve a niche for it­self.

‘SAL­WAR JUMP­SUIT’ BY I AM DE­SIGN

With a fo­cus on merg­ing art with wear­ing abil­ity, the I AM DE­SIGN la­bel strives to cre­ate gar­ments with an In­dian sen­si­bil­ity and a global ap­peal by us­ing the In­dian tra­di­tional crafts of dye­ing, weav­ing and hand print­ing in an un­con­ven­tional way. This sim­ple piece by de­sign­ers Pratik and Priyanka Jain fuses the tra­di­tional tone with moder­nity. A grace­ful mi­lieu of sal­war kameez with jump­suit, the clean struc­ture and rich Pa­tola print of the at­tire makes it just the right fu­sion at­tire for your next evening do.

‘SKIRT CHURI­DAR’ BY GARO

The la­bel is known to de­sign con­tem­po­rary In­dian wear for women. Named after a tribe in As­sam, GARO de­signs clothes that move fur­ther than the ma­te­rial it­self and talks about iden­tity—distin­guished by its bold prints, mo­tifs, unique us­age of colours, qual­ity of fab­rics, elab­o­rate em­broi­deries and mag­nif­i­cently rich In­dian artis­tic tastes. La­bel GARO by Priyang­shu Maji and Sweta Tan­tia brings in the right dose of tra­di­tional traces in their col­lec­tions, in­flu­enced by the mod­ern In­dian woman’s sen­si­bil­i­ties and style needs. Some pat­terns used in their col­lec­tions re­mind us of na­tive Tahi­tian prints, and mo­tifs of flora land­scapes fringed per­fectly with an un­der­ly­ing bo­hemian vibe and flavour. The Skirt Churi­dar is a state­ment-piece by the la­bel that brings in a mix of asym­met­ric pleated skirt and churi­dar pants. Paired with a sleeve­less asym­met­ric top, this look is a com­plete go to when you are plan­ning to look dif­fer­ent and ca­sual even for a for­mal oc­ca­sion.

SHORTS WITH DUPATTA BY P.E.L.L.A

P.E.L.L.A by Priyanka Ella Lorena Lama stands for their avant-garde tai­lor­ing in prêt-àporter, por­trays fash­ion in an in­no­va­tive and un­con­ven­tional way. The la­bel is deeply rooted in the Wabi-sabi phi­los­o­phy where the de­signs are sim­ple, un­pre­ten­tious and fash­ioned out of nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als to form or­ganic sil­hou­ettes. De­lib­er­ate im­per­fec­tions are in­cor­po­rated in the de­signs to give a ‘wrong’ so­lu­tion to an oth­er­wise cor­rect norm. it is in­deed a great idea to rein­vent and tweak the or­di­nary. This smart and state­ment out­fit is in­dige­nously crafted us­ing silk. The fit­ted shorts are paired with a full-sleeved crop top in beige, paired with a match­ing wrap that has a fall like a dupatta. What a flowy and su­perbly fas­ci­nat­ing mod­ern twist to make you stand out in the next sangeet you get in­vited to.

SKIRT SARI BY PAYAL KHANDWALA

Lay­ers and flow form the ba­sis of the de­signer’s col­lec­tion. She is known for giv­ing her de­signs a free flow­ing, breezy avatar in­clu­sive of a smart twist. Colours, shapes and cuts to make the wrap a beau­ti­ful adorn­ment is Payal Khandwala's spe­cial­ity. This fuch­sia sari-style wrap­around skirt paired with an olive green top and a pallu-styled coral red scarf from the de­signer’s Spring/Sum­mer 2016 col­lec­tion of­fers the per­fect mix and matches and cut outs as a per­fect at­tire to pull out for a wed­ding, when you are in the mood to groove it with sass and style! Ge­om­e­try be­ing the theme of this year’s SS col­lec­tion, the play of asym­me­try was too strong even in the other pieces and there was a fla­vor of fu­sion in the en­tire col­lec­tion for sure; but this piece, along with the de­signer’s add on ac­ces­soris­ing abil­ity nailed it straight on the ap­peal front!

COLOURS, SHAPES AND CUTS TO MAKE THE WRAP A BEAU­TI­FUL ADORN­MENT IS PAYAL KHANDWALA'S SPE­CIALTY.

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